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 What act of shame or outrage is wanting in their careers? They regarded the most lawless of men as the most loyal; they courted traitors as if they were benefactors; they chose to be slaves to one of the Helots1 so that they might oppress their own countries; they honored the assassins and murderers of their fellow-citizens more than their own parents;
1 The reference is to Lysander, who on his mother's side was of Helot blood. The Helots were serfs of the Spartans.